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Clinical Oral Microbiome Research Center


Jeffrey Scott McLean, PhD, PI
Director COMRC

Professor School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics
Professor School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, University of Washington, Department of Microbiology

Dr. McLean received his PhD at the University of Southern California with Kenneth Nealson and his MSc at the University of Guelph in Canada with Dr. Terry Beveridge. Dr. McLean’s research career at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2000-2007), the J. Craig Venter (2007-2014) Institute and now at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (2014 – ) has been primarily devoted to developing innovative methodologies, tools and new genomic based approaches to study microbial interactions within oral biofilm communities. Currently, he is funded as a PI on active NIH R01 grants that employ generation sequencing techniques such as single cell genomics and metatranscriptomics to characterize the microbial processes that lead to oral diseases and maintain the health of the human oral microbiome. Within these projects, one goal is to isolate and capture genomes of oral pathogens and uncultivated novel oral phlya to gain a better understanding of these polymicrobial diseases and oral pathogen functions within the community in vivo.

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Kristopher A. Kerns, PhD, MPH
Associate Director COMRC

Acting Assistant Professor
Department of Periodontics
NIH ITHS KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholar